University Park Elementary
Phone: (307) 253-3800
Principal: Julie Hornby
Office Manager: Victoria VanOordt
Address: 600 N. Huber Dr., Casper, 82609
“Every child, every day…whatever it takes”
University Park is known as “a school that doesn’t stop at excellence” and is the best kept secret on the east side of Casper. The staff at University Park educates about 240 students Prek-5th grade. The expectations are high and appropriate support is provided for students to achieve. The goal is for University Park students to be independent, life long learners equipped with 21st Century Skills that enable them to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively and have a sense of creativity while being productive citizens.
University Park parents, students and staff have created a culture ensuring all students accomplish educational success. We meet students and families where they are, then set and achieve goals for individual student learning. Our philosophy is to educate the whole child, and as a staff, we understand it is imperative students strive in an environment that values the individual. Staff members ensure that each student develops a positive attitude toward learning and instill a desire to be a lifelong learner. In addition to teaching the core values, other factors that contribute to students’ success are small group instructional size, close monitoring of students’ academic progress, high value placed on instructional time, class and student goal setting, celebrations for attaining academic and behavioral milestones, and continual professional development.
In an ever-changing educational system, we are always seeking ways to better meet the academic and social needs of students in the 21st Century. Through performance tasks, authentic assessments and projects, students have the opportunity to transfer skills to show evidence of learning.
University Park school has worked hard to align instruction to the common core through curriculum mapping and unit design. Quality assessments, resources and programs in reading, writing and math are used to support this work. Students have ELA and Math instruction using a variety of researched-based interventions.
University Park’s Core Values
We have 15 Core Values that all students and staff accountable to each day. They are:
- Be the best person you can be.
- When responding to any adult, you must respond respectfully.
- Use your Bully Proofing strategies to handle conflicts.
- Always say thank you when someone gives you something.
- Make eye contact or acknowledge you are listening when someone is speaking. Keep your eyes/attention on the person at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.
- If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person appropriately.
- At times throughout the year, rewards will be given for good behavior, academic performances, and other acts worthy of praise. If you ever ask for the reward, however, it will not be given.
- While you are with any adult, you will obey the same rules that you follow when your teacher is present.
- We will follow classroom protocols, do what is asked of us, and will be organized, efficient, and on task.
- We are a family, and we must treat one another with respect and kindness. Include everyone. If someone wants to sit down, let him or her.
- If a teacher or other adult in the school is speaking to or disciplining a student, look away and give them privacy.
- We will clean up after ourselves. It is important to be responsible no matter where you are. For example, I will clean up after I eat and I will hang my coat on the hook.
- Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.
- Always be honest. Even if you have done something wrong, it is best to admit it.
- “Carpe Diem.” Seize the Day. You only live today once, so don’t waste it.
At the school, students participate in Bridges, Casper Children’s Theater, Student Council, Good News Club and Lego Robotics. Our 4th & 5th grade students may participate in the district science fair. Sports activities such as football, volleyball, or basketball are offered to the 4th and 5th grade students through the Casper Recreation Center.
Preschool is available for children ages 3 to 5, with preference given to 4- and 5-year olds from low-income homes. Siblings and those with highest need are also given preference.
Classes at University Park run from 8:45 am to 3:30pm. Breakfast is served at 8:15 a.m.